Do judge some books by their covers —February 22, 2013
Most people say don’t judge a book by its cover, but it seems to me that that is not always a good philosophy to have. Many people today read books that catch their eye. While browsing the new teen fiction area I found several books that caught my eye, and today I am going to tell you a bit about them.
A teen boy and girl in front of and glowing city is what greets the eye when you pick up the book The Lost Code, by Kevin Emerson. This book is book one of the Atlanteans series and is set in a world ravaged by global warming. When Owen Parker discovers that he may be the descendant of a highly advanced, ancient race, with whose knowledge he may be able to save the earth from self-destruction. The ancient race being from the mythical city of Atlantis. This Dystopian novel is sure to please fans of such books as The Hunger Games and Divergent.
Three lovely ladies dressed in Steampunk attire grace the cover of The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress. This novel is about Cora, Nellie, and Michiko, teenaged assistants to three powerful men in Edwardian London, who meet by chance at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered man, leading the three to work together to solve this and related crimes without drawing undue attention to themselves.
A boy in a top hat looking at a thrown greets the reader from the cover of Dodger by Terry Pratchett. This novel blends fiction with reality when in an alternative version of Victorian London, seventeen-year-old Dodger, a cunning and cheeky street urchin, unexpectedly rises in life when he saves a mysterious girl, meets Charles Dickens, and unintentionally puts a stop to the murders of Sweeny Todd.
A boy skiing down a snow covered mountain with World War 2 airplanes in the background grace the cover of Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus. This novel is set in Nazi-occupied Norway, where fourteen-year-old Espen joins the resistance movement, graduating from deliverer of illegal newspapers to courier and spy.
A shadow of a swimmer in a pool catches the eye from the cover of Rush for the Gold by John Feinstein. This novel takes place at the 2012 Summer Olympics where two teenaged aspiring journalists Susan Anderson and Stevie Thomas, who are also dating, solve a mystery, while Susan simultaneously competes for a gold medal in swimming.
All of these eye catching books can be found at Hastings Public Library.